The up front cost was around $1000 but at $30 a night it doesn't take long to pay back. I never even think about compass orientation and we have done 48 nights without hook ups and the dual 6 volt batteries are always ready for what we want to do. I use more electricity than most boondockers with all the lights
and accessories I have added but we are as comfortable with or without hook ups except when it is over 85 degrees - then I have to fire up the Honda to run the air conditioner. We just follow the ideal weather conditions and enjoy where it takes us.